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Chinese Golf Rules To Go By The Book
China's golf boom has been in full swing for more than a decade but officials have finally moved to close a surprising loophole by translating the sport's rules into Chinese.
Now China's players and officials can become experts in the sport's complex etiquette after the move by the China Golf Association (CGA) and rules body the Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A).
With record breaking young talent coming out of China Zhang Xiaoning, executive vice-president and general secretary of the CGA, called the move "crucial" for their transitions from rapidly growing upstart to a mainstay of the world game.
"Translating the rules into Chinese will help the Chinese fans to learn how to appreciate the sport and will also assist local clubs in training their members about world-accepted standards," he said, according to the China Daily.
"It's crucial for the game's healthy development in China."
China adopted international rules in 2008 and is already home to several large tournaments but Zhang admitted many amateurs and organiser's were still hazy on the details.
This move is not jus going to help players and officials, it’s thought that fans will be able to educate themselves on what is acceptable at tournaments after during an exhibition event last year between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, spectators stole balls from the driving range, and some were rugby-tackled by security guards as they invaded the fairways en masse.
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